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Masterpiece Theatre
Gambler, The
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Program premiered in 1971 with The First Churchills. Hosted by Alastair Cooke. Intended as a showcase for the best of British television drama. Spawned MYSTERY! in 1980. Current executive producer Rebecca Eaton. All promotion of program done by Frank Goodman & Associates (see below). Synopsis, cast information and producers listed by individual title. Series release date: 1971

Program Description

Broadcast: Nov. 14- 21, 1971 Alexis is a young Russian nobleman who has seen better times. He is totally obsessed with the roulette wheel. Lack of money has now forced him to take him a job as tutor for a Russian general's family. The story is set in Roulettenburg, a German town which is famous for its casino. It is the casino which influences directly the lives of all the main characters--the woman Alexis loves, Polina; his young English friend, Astley; and even Grandmamma.



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Chicago: “Masterpiece Theatre; Gambler, The,” 10/21/1971, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed July 22, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E34DA0D2804448179EFC0F834735FC67.
MLA: “Masterpiece Theatre; Gambler, The.” 10/21/1971. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. July 22, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E34DA0D2804448179EFC0F834735FC67>.
APA: Masterpiece Theatre; Gambler, The. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E34DA0D2804448179EFC0F834735FC67
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